Archive | June, 2011

Restaurant Review: Menya Noodle Bar, Chinatown

25 Jun

I have seen a lot of blogs talking about Menya, so I decided to take my friends there for dinner. We chose the Chinatown store, because we were at Central Station. The location wasn’t that easy to find, as I thought it was exactly on Quay Street; however, it was actually on the other side of the shopping center. It would be easier to find the restaurant if you walk from Market City.

Tempura Udon

Tempura Udon (AUD$12.50)

Deluxe Mini Ramen Set

Deluxe Mini Ramen Set (Don’t remember how much it was exactly, I guess it was around AUD$13-15)

I didn’t really enjoy the Tempura Udon, because the soup was too salty, so I had to keep on drinking water when I ate the udon. Another thing was the tempura, many bloggers have mentioned that too, they should serve it separately, because the crispy batter is one of the main features of tempura. The tempura shrimp and a seafood mixture tempura (not sure what it should be called) were soggy when I ate them.

My friend and I both like the ramen more. The pork was so tender and the ramen was just right. The gyoza weren’t that good, I was expecting a bit more because I had a look at their website the night before and the picture of the gyoza there looks nice. However, the gyoza weren’t hot and weren’t crispy enough. The teriyaki beef bowl was different from what we were used to, because the beef tasted like 蘿蔔牛腩 (a Hong Kong dish, something like braised beef). Though it was different from what we expected, the teriyaki beef rice was good.

I guess I might give it another try next time, or try other stores too.

Environment: 7/10 (Need to share with other customers at their 2 long tables, not a place you can sit down longer and relax after your meal)

Service: 7.5/10 (I would say it’s nearly self-served, but the staff did help customers finding a spot to sit down after ordering, and bringing up the food to you)

Food: 7.5/10 (Was expecting a little bit more than that)

Overall: Not my favourite Japanese restaurant, like their teriyaki beef bowl and the ramen texture is good, but not their tempura.

Address: Shop TG8, 8 Quay Street, Haymarket, NSW 2000

Official Website: http://menya.com.au/

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Restaurant Review: Brunetti, Melbourne

23 Jun

The travel book recommended us to try Brunetti, so my friend and I went to one of their cafes for lunch when we were at Melbourne.

Ham & Artichoke Filone

Ham & Artichoke Filone (AUD$11.50)

Italian Hot Chocolate (With Cream)

Italian Hot Chocolate (AUD$5.0)

The sandwich was really yummy, love the sundried tomatoes; it would be better if the cheese melted a bit more. I especially like the hot chocolate, very rich and creamy.

Finished!

Cakes Display@Brunetti

Should try their cakes next time! They look so delicious!

Environment: 8/10 (Nice place to hang out on a sunny day, but be careful of the birds nearby, they are staring at your food!)
Service: 8/10
Food: 8.5/10 (A little bit pricey when compared to those I saw at Center Place, but very nice food!)

Overall: I really like their sandwiches; but I don’t like the birds flying around and trying to attack my food!

Address: 214 Flinders Lane Melbourne VIC 3000

Official Website: http://www.brunetti.com.au/

21st Jazz & Blues Festival, Darling Harbour

13 Jun

Jazz & Blues Festival : James Morrison Sextet

10th June: 6pm – 7:30pm James Morrison Sextet at Floating Stage – Harbourside

Fireworks at Cockle Bay

10th June: 7:30pm Fireworks at Cockle Bay

First time at the Jazz & Blues Festival. The weather was a bit chilly, but it was really enjoyable to sit down and enjoy some jazz music. The fireworks were so pretty, and it was as if the fireworks were right above your head. So close and so much fun!

Definitely check it out if you are here next year!

Official website: www.darlingharbour.com

Restaurant Review: La Renaissance Pâtisserie Française, The Rocks

12 Jun

Tranche au Chocolate

Tranche au Chocolate (Take-away AUD$6.0)

Description from official website: Valrhona chocolate Ganache with layers of flourless chocolate biscuit sponge and pistachio nuts. (Gluten free)

Went there for the first time during the weekend. My friend didn’t want to eat any sweet treats, so I only get to try one slice. The Tranche au Chocolate was really delicious, very rich chocolate ganache and the bottom sponge tasted like chocolate mousse.

Definitely will try again next time!

Environment: N/A
Service: 7/10
Food: 9/10

Overall: Would love to try more, but I think the restaurant is always packed with people, not a place I would like to sit down and relax.

Address: 47 Argyle Street The Rocks Sydney NSW 2000

Official website: http://www.larenaissance.com.au/

Restaurant Review: Jones the Grocer, Woollahra

10 Jun

Jones the Grocer

My friend and I went to Jones the Grocer at Woollahra on a weekday. There weren’t a lot of people there at around 2:30pm, just 2 or 3 tables.

Jones the Grocer

Once you enter Jones the Grocer, the left hand side is the grocery store, where they sell a range of food products, like seasonings, drinks and snacks. They even have a fromagerie at the back of the store. The center of the store is where they display their bread and cakes, and also where they take customers’ orders and make their coffee and tea. The right hand side is the cafe, where people can sit down and enjoy their meal.

BLT on Turkish

I ordered a BLT on Turkish (AUD$12). The bread was crispy; inside there were tomatoes, lettuces and bacon.  I just added a pinch of salt and black pepper before I ate it. Very delicious! I also like how they presented the sandwich. As for my friend, she ordered the vegetable wrap (AUD$12) and liked it too.

Finished!

Menu

On its menu, it says that kitchen order is until 3pm on Mon to Fri, and until 4pm on Sat; so don’t come too late if you wanna try their daily specials, sandwiches or other hot dishes.
(P.S. I don’t remember the time for Sun though…)

Environment: 9/10 (Comfortable and quiet)
Service: 8/10 (Not enough people serving customers, but the staff were nice and friendly)
Food: 8.5/10 (Tasty)

Overall: Jones the Grocer is a really nice and quiet place to spend an afternoon chilling out. Their food is pretty delicious too.

Address: 68 Moncur Street, Woollahra Sydney NSW 2025

Official website: http://www.jonesthegrocer.com/

Campsie Food Festival 2011

4 Jun

First time at Campsie Food Festival. The weather wasn’t very good, a bit cloudy, but at least it wasn’t raining.
Campsie

Campsie is said to be a place with Korean cuisine as the predominate flavour, but the annual Campsie Food Festival definitely provided a wide range of food cuisine that reflects cultural diversity. There were French crêpes, Spanish churros, Japanese Octopus Balls, Korean kimchi, Thai curry, Indian mango lassi and more .

Gözleme

Gözleme

Gozleme with spicy mince (AUD$9)

Lemon Strawberry Drink

Lemon Strawberry Drink (AUD$4.50)

Jumbo Churros

Jumbo Churros (AUD$4)

Apart from food, there were a lot of other programs too, such as lion dance performance and music performances.

Food Craving

Perfect for family with kids too. Free rides at Anzac Square.

Free Rides for Kids

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Definitely worth going, especially if you are a food lover. So check it out next year!

Official website: http://www.campsiefoodfestival.com.au/

Grab a Chiko!

4 Jun

Chiko Roll is an Aussie icon, a deep-fried wrap that consists of beef and vegetables. It was inspired by Chinese egg rolls and spring rolls, and was once a popular snack at football matches. They are now found at supermarkets, and fish and chips shops.

I think the filling of Chiko Roll  does taste a bit like Chinese spring roll; the outer wrap is crunchy but the texture is different, more chewy than spring roll.

I like how the Chiko Roll is despatched with its famous CHIKO serving bag. Very unique and eye-catching!

Perfect on-the-go snack, and when you just want a quick snack!

It’s uniquely Aussie! Give it a try if you visit here!

P.S. I bought mine at Quay Seafood Fish and Chips at Circular Quay (AUD$3).